“Thar She Blows!” Wind and Whales on Spring Programs

April 21st, 2017

April 2017 marine science on deck

Teaching about plankton on S/V Carlyn

The 2017 Spring season has been blown around a bit so far, but it’s not put a damper on the fun science and maritime skills our students are learning while aboard the S/V Carlyn.

One of our students shared that he couldn’t wait to “teach this lesson to my Dad!” and another group chose to extend their marine science lessons after dinner ashore rather than take a break with some field games.

Our season began in mid-March out of Elliott Bay Marina with a day program for Seattle MESA students. Windy, rainy weather marked the first several weeks of programs, but spirits remained high.
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Learning Spotlight: What’s In a Sail?

April 21st, 2017

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A lesson on parts of the sail

Students aboard the Carlyn explore marine science unlike any classroom experience: they formulate a science question, decide how to test their hypothesis and then collect data throughout the course of their Salish program. It’s an amazing learning process to observe!

Carlyn also affords us the opportunity to teach kids about sailing, another area of learning that is new for many of our participants. Read more ›

Funding Spotlight: Salish Selected as WA State Recreation & Conservation Office “No Child Left Inside” Grant Recipient

December 16th, 2016

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Salish Students and Mt. Rainier

Salish Sea Expeditions is honored to have been chosen to receive “No Child Left Inside” funding through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office in 2016. Our organization was one of 19 that received funding out of 122 applicants. These grants are made available contingent on matching funds to organizations throughout the state whose mission is to get our kids outside and connected with our natural world.

We encourage our Washington state representatives to continue funding this important program that connects kids to the outdoors, in a region with so much to offer in the way of spectacular state and national parks, ecologically important wildlands, and (especially near to our hearts) our unique marine environment.
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What a Year for Hands-On Learning: 2016 in Review

December 16th, 2016

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Science in the Rain… Still Smiling!

What a busy and fulfilling year it’s been! Our first program of 2016 kicked off in March with weather that roared in like a lion, but settled into lovely, lamb-like sunshine and gentle breezes — the perfect combination of environmental conditions to keep the crew on their feet! We had an enthusiastic group of educators who led programs through June, serving 26 groups of students with 58 days on the water. Our students generated some interesting hypotheses to test, which included the examination of the presence of copper and plankton, the relationship between silica and zooplankton abundance, and development density and it’s relationship to water turbidity. It was fun seeing our young student scientists present their findings at our annual Salish Student Science Symposium at the end of the season (you can read a wrap on that here).  Read more ›

Patrons of Discovery Breakfast: Working Together for Future Scientists and Mariners

October 28th, 2016

On September 30, more than 150 individuals and 25 industry partners joined us to help raise up future scientists and mariners by sharing breakfast and contributing to the future of marine science and maritime education in our region. Through the generosity of our awesome community, we raised more than $46,000, which will be used to directly support our upcoming programs and provide scholarship funding. Thank YOU for being a part of that effort! Read more ›

Partner Spotlight: NOAA and Taylor Shellfish

August 26th, 2016

IMG_3151The intersection between marine resource management, thoughtful stewardship and informed policy-making is such a critical one for our region and for the future of the Salish Sea. Salish student scientists study the effects of human impacts on marine life, and learn about the resulting systemic changes to the marine ecosystem such as ocean acidification, which poses a significant threat to shellfish. Read more ›

Salish Campers Explore the Shoreline, Build ROVs

August 25th, 2016

buoyteamswDuncanIn July, Salish Education Director Dan Hannafious led two summer camp sessions on Bainbridge Island and Whidbey Island. Here is his report from the field:

Salish Summer Camp is a dynamic blend of traditional Salish Sea Expeditions investigation of the marine waters, but with more exploratory activities within the watershed.  The overall aim of the camp was to allow campers the opportunity to explore broader connections between the watershed and the marine environment. Read more ›

Highlights from 2015

January 28th, 2016

A new year is here and we’re eager to launch into spring programs, as well as some exciting projects that are starting to take shape for 2016 and beyond. As we look back at 2015, we’re grateful for your support. Here are some of the awesome things you made possible:

  • IMG_2779We served nearly 1,400 students, some coming from as far as Wyoming, Colorado and Alaska to experience student-led research on the Puget Sound, a marine ecosystem treasure in our own backyard.
  • We expanded our summer camp offerings on Bainbridge Island and Whidbey Island and explored local watersheds with almost 100 kids during these fun, week-long day programs.
  • More than 150 students participated in our annual Student Scientist Symposium, presenting data on a range of research projects, such as the occurrence of sea star wasting disease and shoreline distribution of red rock crabs. You can read student research findings on our website here. This year’s Student Science Science Symposium will take place on June 13. Read more ›

Thankful for You, Our Salish Community

November 25th, 2015

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Students using a Niskin bottle to collect water samples.

As we head into the darkening days of winter, we bring with us many bright reminders of the impact you have had in connecting students from our region with meaningful, student-led learning on the Puget Sound.

The students that saw sea butterflies for the first time and wondered about the impact of ocean acidification; the time spent asking questions about water quality and its impact on local salmon; the classmates that shared responsibility of hoisting sails and plotting a course to the next sampling station – all of this is made possible with your support and for that we are deeply grateful. Read more ›

Four Ways to #GiveSTEM This Holiday

November 25th, 2015

Knot practice

Tie a bow (line)

Looking for that perfect holiday gift? With these giving ideas, you make a difference in the life of a student who might not otherwise get a chance to participate in one of Salish’s transformative STEM education experiences:

  1. Give the gift of STEM and maritime learning by contributing to our year-end campaign, supporting scholarships and programs that serve students in our region, many of whom have never seen a starfish or sea anenome and have never set foot on a boat. Give today and make a difference in the life of a child by fostering their excitement about science, our marine environment and lifelong learning. Donate now. Read more ›

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